"Where there is creativity, there is hope." ~ Donna Karan

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Giveaway @ Chronically Creative: Winner

OK. So, I bet you're all busting to know who the lucky little peach cake is who has won themselves some glitzy glam glitter bomb nail polishes.

63 entries later we have a winner. I had Sweet Sister pull a name out from a hat (it was totally random FYI). And the winner is....

{insert drum roll here}

(well that was an epic fail, should have written it in black)


Comment # 4

Congratulations Adrienne! Send me an email via the contact page with your shipping address and I'll get your fabulous polishes to you asap.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Card Making Monday: Christmas Carnival Card

Welcome to Christmas at Chronically Creative 2011! Are you excited? You should be. I'm excited, just in case you couldn't tell. Eeeeeeeeee! Throughout December I'll be posting lots of creative Christmas craft projects but for today I have a cute Christmas card to show you!

I used pre-cut red card stock for this card and stuck down some striped paper as my background. I wish I could tell you what it's called but I did a huge paper haul and lost track, but any scrapbooking store will be sure to have something similar.

To create the snowflake background, I rolled some white card stock through my cuttlebug machine using the snowflake embossing folder. To get the green effect I dabbed one side of the embossing folder with a green ink pad before embossing.

I then stuck down a strip of green card stock and trimmed the left edge with decorative scissors. I then used a paper pricker to create the pretty holes and stamped a christmas sentiment using my clear stamp set and Memento ink in Tuxedo Black.

Lastly, I cut out a christmas tree from the Kaisercraft Carnival Collection, tied a green bow around the top and stuck it down. So there you have it, a really simple but fun and cheerful Christmas card.

I also embossed an envelope to match. Adorable, no?

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

What I'm Wearing #7

I finally got myself to a church service a couple of weekends ago! Go me. Here's what I wore:

Pants: Target
Shoes: Rubi Shoes

I really love these shoes, they're so cool!

I can't tell you where the cardigan is from because my Sweet Sister gave it to me. It's great because it's so casual and I can wear it over tops when it's a little cool but too hot for jumpers. I can, however, tell you where the rest of my out fit is from.

Top: Dotti
Necklace: Target
Earrings & Ring: Diva

I'm really glad I got to at least one service this month- Humira fatigue is really starting to set in now. I had my second shot last night and I'm feeling ever so odd.


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Nail Files Thursday: Australis Sensuality & OPI Teenage Dream Rhinestone French Manicure

Check out my bling nails!

Do you like them? I LOVE them!!

This is a manicure that I did a couple of months ago now- that's how far behind I am in blogging. Darn chronic illnesses always getting in the way.

For the base colour I used Australis nail colour in Sensuality- it's a really pretty shimmery pink. Then on top of that I used 2 light coats of OPI Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection. I then finished off with complimenting silver and pink rhinestones.

with flash

The best french mani a girl could have! I got a lot of compliments on this one.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness {update: 23/11/11}

We are going to bless our next Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness (RABK) victim recipient next month (December)! {Squeeeeeal}

If you're new to Chronically Creative, you can find out all about this exciting project via the RABK page.

Our second victim recipient (you can read about our first one here) is a young lady around the same age as yours truly, and, she too lives with multiple chronic illnesses.

She has had a pretty difficult year this year, so I contacted her a little while back to see how we could help bless and encourage her.

So it's been settled- next month we'll be sending her and a friend off to a day spa to get pampered! Eeeeeee!

Now, I don't give away money and cool stuff to just anyone. Not to mention, it's no easy feat giving money to someone who you have never even met when donations are sparse, but I prayerfully consider RABK recipients and I really feel that this particular recipient is in need of enjoying a day at the day spa.

Here's a exert from a recent email with our recipient:

" When Emily emailed me originally, I sat there re-reading the email over and over again, crying. These past several years have been so hard, but this past year has been the roughest. Between my diagnosis and my mother's cancer, plus everything else that has happened, I cannot begin to state how depressed I have been. This means so much to me. I am planning on taking my mom with me to the day spa so we can relax together and bond more. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

So we are really blessing two people in the one go! How awesome is that?

You are now officially up to date. So if you would like the opportunity to get involved here are your options:

#1. Make a small donation via the paypal button on the right hand side (all donations will go towards helping cover the cost which is approx $200). If you have a blog or business and donate $5 or more, you have the opportunity to advertise here on Chronically Creative.

#2. Grab the button and place it on your blog/website to show your support



#3. Share this post on your facebook and twitter page.

We're aiming to send through the funds by the 28th December and I'll have a post published with a brief but detailed write up with our recipient sharing her story.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blab about Beauty Tuesday: MooGoo Cow Lick Lip Balm Review

Product description: MooGoo is an Aussie skincare company which sells quality handmade skincare products made from all natural ingredients. The Cow Lick Lip Balm is made from 100% edible ingredients, because what goes on the lips gets eaten. It's also both camphor and chemical free which makes it the perfect lip balm for sensitive prone skin sufferers like myself. What's not to love about that? Honey and rich emollient oils condition and soften the lips and allantoin helps the repair of minor cuts.

My thoughts: MooGoo have a few lip balms to choose from but the Cow Lick Lip Balm is the first one of theirs which I have tried. I loved it so much that I decided to try out another one. I'm currently testing their Tingling Honey Lip Balm. I found the Cow Lick Lip Balm was extremely gentle and soothing to use, and it also helped to heal up eczema flare-ups which I occasionally get around my mouth. It left my lips soft and well moisturised and it prevented any cracking and chapping. It's one of the very few lip balms which I have used that doesn't cause irritation. It has a lovely scent, too- mandarins, yum!

Ingredients: beeswax, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, vitamin E, allantoin, cold pressed mandarin oil.

RRP: $4.50

My Rating: 5/5

Would I purchase this product again?: Most definitely.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Giveaway @ Chronically Creative {closed}

Yep. It's time for another giveaway here at Chronically Creative! And for Christmas, one lovely reader will be receiving four awesome glitter bomb nail polishes by ulta3 Nail Colour- compliments of Miss Chronically Creative. Pretty cool, huh? I know. You can thank me later.

From left to right: gold digger, silver glitter, red glitter & charmed.

One lucky little peach cake will soon be rockin' these beauties.

with flash

Wanna rock some glitzy nails this Christmas like yours truly?

OK, here's how it's gonna go down in funky town y'all- to be in the running to receive these little lovelies, all you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email address (disguised to spammers, of course)- and that's it!

Simple dimple.

Entries are open internationally and will close next Monday, 28th November at 9pm, Melbourne EST.

I will draw the winner the old fashion way- via names in a hat, and the winner will be announced next Tuesday, 29th November in a blog post and on facebook and twitter.

Good luck!!


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

One week on Humira

It has been seven long hellish months since back and rib pain caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis turned my life upside down. I think it's fair to say that the last half of this year has been incredibly tough, not just physically, but emotionally also. Pain is draining and it effects every aspect of your life, like it or not.

A huge part of my life which has suffered partly because of the back pain has been my social life. There have been very few times where I have felt well enough to enjoy time with friends and have the opportunity to meet new people. I haven't been able to work, and doing odd bits and pieces around the house has been quite the struggle some days.

I hold high hopes that things will change for the better and that Humira, my new drug, will enable me to have better quality of life.

Humira (Adalimumab), is a TNF inhibitor. It has proven to be important in down regulating the inflammatory reactions associated with autoimmune diseases. (1)

I finally received my script for Humira after patiently waiting in pain a little over a week ago now, and, boy did I have a terrible time while waiting. Spending several months on and off codeine is in no way pleasant, let me tell you. Just last week the pain became so unbearable that I had to take four hourly doses which barely helped at all, and so, I inevitably ended up begging my GP for pain relief to tie me over until Humira starts working effectively.

Thankfully, my doctor sensibly upped my Prednisolone dosage, which has been an enormous help. I no longer have sharp shooting pain in my chest and I am sleeping soundly. Bliss, I tell you. Bliss. Although, I have encountered a slight problem- the Prednisolone increase was to be only for a few days. I attempted lowering the dose once my pain was under control, and, yet again I found myself up in the night and the sharp shooting pain returned.

So now I'm in a pickle. I'm stuck on a higher dose of Prednisolone and my rheumatologist is wanting me off it altogether. I was only to spend a month on the stuff and it's turned into four. I'm starting to gain weight and my face has been the victim of breakout and blemish galore.

I'm trying to ignore the potentially harmful side effects of staying on the drug long term, but, until Humira kicks in, I really have no choice. It's the only thing providing me adequate pain relief, and that's all that is important to me right now, because I just can't deal with the coursing pain through my chest, back and ribs anymore, I just can't.

I had my first Humira shot last weekend. My rheumatologist informed me that after receiving my script, I would attend an appointment with a Humira nurse who will help teach me how to self inject. After enrolling in the online support program, I found this not to be the case. I'm pretty good with needles- they don't phase me in the slightest, but I was a little apprehensive about sticking myself with one without physically being shown how.

I was going to make an appointment with one of the nurses down at my doctors surgery but being in pain, I just couldn't wait any longer, and the instructions in the booklet which was provided seemed pretty easy to follow, so I just got my brave on and did it. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Yep. That's right. I grabbed some stomach flesh, pushed the inject button on the pen and then watched myself bleed. It was quite the adrenaline rush, and being an adrenaline junkie, I actually kind of enjoyed it. Does that make me weird? The sound of the liquid going in was so cool! And the best part? It hardly hurt- it just stung a little.

So, Humira has been in my system for a week now and I'm due for my second shot this coming weekend. It hasn't done anything for my pain so far but I guess it's early days yet. It can take up to three months to see results, but I'm really hoping I don't have to wait that long as I really need to get off Prednisolone. As soon as possible.

Have I had any side effects? Heck yes. I'm trying not to read the scary list of side effects as I don't want to make myself paranoid but it is such a strong drug so I guess I do need to be more weary. I'm quite worried about my lack of taking this drug seriously- I just think it's funny.

Well I guess you have to try and not worry about all the potentially dangerous side effects or you'll worry yourself silly. There's no point being afraid of an increased risk of getting cancer or infections, when you really have no other choice but to take the drug.

About an hour after I injected, I endured horrible side effects- muscle aches, and fatigue, namely. But, hey, what's new?! I'm still struggling with these side effects a week later and to be honest, I feel absolutely horrid. I'm not quite sure if it's normal to feel this dreadful on Humira, but if it keeps up, I'll have to discuss it with my doctors.

Some days are awful- my muscles ache more than usual and I've noticed that my joints hurt more too. The irony. I'm used to feeling terrible, but Humira has me feeling terribly unwell. I just hope this passes. I'm hoping once my body gets used to the drug, things will start to settle down.

I guess feeling horrible is to be expected. It does, after all, suppress your immune system. It's no wonder I'm feeling so weak. I did feel quite unwell when I started taking Methotrexate, and with time, the side effects disappeared but I just didn't expect Humira to take it out of me as much as it has. The good thing I guess is that I haven't had horrible headaches like I did with Methotrexate and I haven't had any serious side effects so far. Knock on wood.

I will admit that I am slightly worried that my second shot will increase these symptoms ten fold, but I am holding onto hope that this drug will be a success. It will be nice to be able to do simple things like wash my face, drive, blog, and do laundry again without much pain.

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adalimumab


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Monster in my head

There is a Monster in my head. It sinks its sharp claws in and rips me to shreds.

Some days there is just no escaping; I am at its mercy, I am its prey.

There is a Monster in my head. It tells me that where I am heading in life is not the right direction, that I have caused myself to stray off track.

There is a Monster in my head. It convinces me that what I am doing isn't good enough. That I am not trying hard enough, not fighting enough, not doing enough, not achieving enough, not thriving enough.

There is a Monster in my head. It makes me feel that my good enough just isn't good enough anymore- that I am not a good enough writer, daughter, sister, friend; that I am not outgoing enough, not happy enough, and that I am not making enough progress.

There is a Monster in my head. It's my number one worst enemy.

There is a Monster in my head. I am weary and I am worn, and no longer will I wrestle with the Monster in my head, for I am slaying it once and for all.

There is a Monster in my head. The Monster is a liar and a thief. To hell with the Monster in my head.

For I know that I know that I KNOW, that I have a purpose. That I am useful, that I can make a difference right where I am with what I have. That although, some days I am defeated- they do not define me, no, they do not define me.

For I know that I know that I KNOW, that I am going places- even when it doesn't seem so some days. That I am victorious and not a victim.

To hell with the Monster in my head.

Life isn't just about the doing. No longer will I be defined by what I have or haven't done.

My identity isn't in money, work or material possessions and just surviving another day is of itself an achievement.

I will celebrate the light, the glimmer of hope, in the smallest of achievements and no longer will I listen to the Monster in my head.

For I am good enough just as I am, by simply being- existing, and, anyone who says or implies otherwise is a liar.

Essay written by Emily Ruth, © ChronicallyCreative.net


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Card Making Monday: English Rose 'Just For You' Card

I made another card using the gorgeous English Rose Collection by Kaisercraft!

I just love the pretty pink, pearls and butterflies!

 I used a pre-cut pink card and stuck down my background paper I chose from the English Rose paper pad.

I then cut out a strip from the Pearl paper and used my paper pricker to decorate and then stuck it down. I then stuck down some paper I cut out from the paper pad and embellished it with some white pearls on both sides. To display the message I mounted (using mounting squares) a English Rose die cut in the center of my paper pad paper and stuck down the gold stickers which read 'Just For You'.

Towards the base of the card I stuck down another strip of paper which I cut out from the Pearl paper, and then on top of that I mounted another strip that I cut out of the pearl paper and decorated with a paper pricker. I finished the card off with sticking down three butterflies cut out from another paper also from the English Rose Paper Pad and attached some white pearls.

And that's it! Isn't it just so elegant and absolutely beautiful? I'm quite proud of this card, it's my favourite one I've made so far!

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